So…the time has arrived. You did the research. You made the reservation. Now you are traveling.
Your trip to Walt Disney World is finally on the horizon. You can see it all in your mind’s eye. But can you also smell it as well? Yes, smell. Can you smell Walt Disney World coming toward you? Can you smell the popcorn of Main Street USA? Can you smell the hot pretzels of Germany? Can you smell the barbeque from Africa? Can you smell the sweet rolls from Sunset Boulevard? Yes, my friends. It is time to stop, smell, and taste your way to Florida. Let’s explore some favorite snacks at Walt Disney World!
Walt Disney World has long been known as one of the tastiest theme parks in the world. You can certainly eat typical theme park food there – like hot dogs and chicken nuggets – but you can also dine in multi-star and table service restaurants eating steak and lobster. Walt Disney World Resort is certainly not your typical amusement park offering guests typical theme park food fare.
As my family approaches Walt Disney World, the one thing we think about before we arrive is this – “What SNACKS will we eat this trip?” We normally travel with the Disney Dining Plan, so we look forward to our snack selection each day. We choose our snacks dependent upon which park we will be visiting.
Below I have listed ten snacks (or establishments) we try never to miss while visiting The Most Magical Place on Earth. (I purposely did not number them 1 through 10 because each one stands on its own merit, and one list could never adequately define the top ten snacks on Disney property!)
Let me know what you think. What snacks did I miss, and which ones would you add to your list?
Snacking Around Walt Disney World
• Carrot Cake Cookie – Writer’s Stop (Disney’s Hollywood Studios) – While the fate of this shop may have changed, one thing our family loved looking forward to in Hollywood Studios was rounding the corner and seeing this little nook of a shop tucked away inside The Streets of America. The famous carrot cake cookie was HUGE – big enough for two people to share. It was two soft, moist (and thick) carrot cake cookies sandwiching a delicious dollop of cream cheese icing filling. It was delightful and often required the drink of your choice to wash down. I hear you can still find this cookie at Villains in Vogue at the corner of Hollywood and Sunset Blvd!
• Mickey Bar – Who can resist this iconic treat? Cold, chocolate-covered ice cream treat on a stick and shaped in the famous Mickey Mouse shape. Everyone gets at least one of these each trip.
• Dole Whip – This little treat has become quite the status symbol for Disney World. It is available at both Disney’s Magic Kingdom’s Adventureland and also inside Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. The Dole Whip is a pineapple-flavored soft service ice cream treat. You can purchase it as soft serve alone or as a float with pineapple juice. Buy early because the lines get long for this famous snack!
• Cupcakes and pastries – Walt Disney World is constantly inventing newly themed cupcakes. They are inventive, delicious, and (most of the time) BIG! A great place to buy a cupcake or a hot and soft cinnamon roll is the BoardWalk Bakery at Disney’s BoardWalk. (You can literally almost smell it as soon as you step onto the BoardWalk. Make sure you stop there for a breakfast cupcake or cinnamon roll!
• Churros – These Mexican pastries are available in a multitude of places throughout Walt Disney World. They are great for a quick bite and are easy to eat on the go. My youngest son loves these and almost always picks them for his daily snack! Check out Mexico in Epcot for some authentic ones the next time you are in World Showcase.
• Chocolate-Covered Caramel – This is probably my favorite, go-to-snack in all of Walt Disney World. Visit Karamell-Kuche in Epcot’s Germany pavilion to buy these massive chocolate-covered squares of caramel. Close your eyes and smell the aroma of caramel as you approach from either end of World Showcase. This is a very popular snack shop in Epcot, so keep in mind that it can sometimes take a while to get through.
• Turkey Legs – Okay, I know this isn’t what you might have been thinking of regarding “snacks,” but my teenager made me add it. I guess it could be a meal as well, but a lot of teenagers (and let’s be real here – Dads) like to grab this tasty snack and eat it on the go while walking through the park. Turkey legs can be found in Disney’s Magic Kingdom and in the American Adventure at Epcot.
• The Kitchen Sink – Let’s venture out of the Parks a moment and over to a Disney resort. This “snack” is the best! It is literally a small kitchen sink ice cream bowl filled with so many things I don’t have the time or room to list them all! It costs under $30, but it can feed two families! (Trust me, we’ve done it.) It is a great adventure to do with the kids before or after a surrey bike rental on Disney’s Boardwalk. (And, yes. My teenager made me add this one as well.)
• Ghirardelli – The granddaddy of all ice cream parlors. Ghirardelli has all kinds of delicious and chocolate-flavored snacks – sundaes, coffee, milkshakes, and more. It is in Disney Springs, and it is also extremely popular so make sure you plan your time accordingly when visiting.
• Japan Pavilion – While I know “Japan Pavilion” isn’t specifically a “treat,” it is a stop you won’t want to miss. In my opinion, the shop in the Japan pavilion at Epcot is the most fun out of all the shops in Epcot. My kids never want to skip it. Typically, they will buy a soda with a marble in the top of the bottle (we have a small collection here at home), but there are so many funny and fun snacks here, your whole family with be laughing and showing each other what you found while you are visiting. Make sure you stop here while walking through World Showcase. It’s a great place to escape the heat and the crowds, while you discover what the other side of the world considers tasty snacks!
I hope you enjoyed our list of fun and delicious Walt Disney World snack items, and I hope it encouraged you to venture out and try something you may not have tried before. If you are interested in finding out more about Walt Disney World and the culinary treats they offer, send me an e-mail. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to hearing from you!
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